A patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump contains your pain medicine. Usually that medicine is morphine, but other painkilling drugs are sometimes used. Medicine flows from the pump through a tube with a needle on the end (called an IV) into your body. You press a button when you feel pain, and the pump gives you a dose of medicine. Your doctor sets the dose. You cannot give yourself too much medicine, because the pump will be set to prevent that.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of:
October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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